RANGERS Legend Willie Henderson has set off on his 100-mile trek across the Sahara Desert in aid of the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust.
Willie tragically lost his daughter Michelle to the disease back in 2012, but he has continued to do some sterling work for the charity, including this latest challenge which takes place over his 75th birthday.
He explained: “Five years ago, my wife and I lost our lovely daughter Michelle. When she was ill, she unselfishly formed the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust, and asked me if she never made it, if I would keep it going for her.
“This is another trek I’m going to be doing, and thanks to the generosity of people over the period of time since we lost her, we’ve praised almost a quarter of a million pounds.
“That has provided equipment for six hospitals in Scotland in their gynaecology departments. This is another big challenge, but it is for a great cause.
“This is a terrible disease which women can fall victim to, and the fact this is another opportunity to raise awareness too is a great thing so women can really understand just how important it is for them to go for their smear test.
“Lots of women don’t go, and one of the main reasons they don’t is they feel it can cause them embarrassment, and I have tried to tell them, embarrassment won’t kill you, but cervical cancer can and will.”
Despite his age, Willie remains remarkably fit, with this trek adding to a number of other tough challenges he has already undertaken.
He added: “On all these treks, the most important thing about it is being fit. I started training two months ago for this trek, and probably by the time the trek comes along, I will have trained over a thousand miles to get myself fit.
“I’m not getting any younger now, so the fitter I am, the better it is.
“I’ve done the Indonesian Jungle, I’ve been up Krakatoa the volcano, I’ve done the Namibian Desert and I’ve done the Gobi Desert.
“Life in a number of ways has been good to me, so I just find it’s nice at my age that I am able to give a little bit back to life.”
Everyone at the Club wishes Willie all the very best in the trek this week and wishes him a very happy 75th birthday on Wednesday.